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Former President Barack Obama made a stinging rebuke for President Trump’s refusal to waive the 2020 elections, warning of the real-world damage that could result from any delay in the peaceful transfer of power, but said Trump would fail to “deny the truth.”
In an interview with NPR aired on Monday, Obama made some of his most comprehensive remarks about the election since Joe Biden’s victory over Trump. Obama said he took Trump’s efforts to reverse the election results very seriously and described the president’s unwillingness to cooperate with the transition as “yet another example of how Donald Trump’s breach of basic democratic norms harms the American people.”
Obama’s comments come as Trump continues to wrongly assert his election victory and is chasing peace be upon you, Mary Legal strategy To challenge the result based on unproven and unfounded allegations of fraud. With near-universal approval from Republicans in Congress, the president formed a united front that blocked the Biden administration from coming in from millions of federal dollars earmarked for transition financing, as well as access to information and agency officials across government.
Obama said, “I am sad that you have not seen more Republican leadership explain this, because the amount of time wasted in this transition process has realistic implications.” All things considered Host is Michelle Martin. “Look, we are in the middle of a pandemic. We are in the middle of an economic crisis. We have serious national security issues.”
Obama said Trump’s behavior represented a total departure from the way the last Republican president and his staff were treated to exit the White House, George W. Bush, after Obama’s 2008 election victory.
“Despite all the differences I had with George W. Bush, he and his administration could not have been more generous and effective in working with us to facilitate a smooth transition,” Obama said. His ability to obtain “immediate briefing” from senior administration officials on everything from the financial crisis to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq “means that we are reaching the ground quickly and has allowed us to be more effective in our reactions,” he said.
Republicans have defended the president’s rights to exercise all legal options, but within Democrats, Trump’s refusal to concede has been severely criticized as an attempt to cast a permanent cloud over Biden’s victory. Democrats denounced it as a replay of Trump’s attempts to delegitimize the Obama presidency by fueling the conspiracy movement. Many in the Democratic Party now say that by keeping up with the president, Republicans are signaling that Biden’s calls for bipartisan cooperation are indeed a lost cause.
When asked whether the bipartisan partnership is a foolish task, Obama said that in the absence of a vast majority in the Senate to break the blockage, “Joe Biden will have to work with some fellow Republicans.”
“There is a way to communicate and not be a sap,” he said. “There is a way to consistently display the possibility of cooperation but with the recognition that if Mitch McConnell or someone else refuses to cooperate, you must at some point bring it to court of public opinion.”
Obama said that what he failed to realize, especially at the start of his presidency, is that “the strategy of obstruction is often not punishable by the voters at the ballot box.” He said his advice, “Not just Democrats, but anyone who just wants to see an effective and efficient government, you must remain engaged.”
Reflections on sweat
Obama spoke before his new diary was released on Tuesday, Promised Land, Which traces his rise to the White House and concludes with the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011. It is set to follow a second volume covering the remaining years of his presidency.
Among the issues he writes about is his race record. While Obama’s victory in 2008 was celebrated as a high point in America’s long and tumultuous history on race, the backlash of the first black president in US history was also credited with helping fuel the rise of Donald Trump.
“I think what happened during my presidency was, yes, a backlash between some people who felt that somehow I was symbolizing the possibility that they or their group were losing status – not because of anything I had done but just because of the fact that I wasn’t looking like All other presidents before. ” At the same time, he said, “You had an entire generation of children who had grown up and didn’t think it was strange or unusual for the person who held the highest office on Earth to be black.”
This is not to say that no progress has been made yet Obama’s tenure has been in office again and again due to the constant tensions that have surfaced over the deaths of young black men like Trifon Martin in 2012 and Michael Brown two years later in Ferguson, Mo.
These tensions escalated after George Floyd’s death last May while in Minneapolis police custody. Obama said he understood that people were being discouraged by the pace of progress and admitted that he was also frustrated.
“There are times when I feel sad, angry, hurt, and feel compelled to resist my wife or daughters when we not only see the kinds of traumatic injustices as we saw with George Floyd, but also when you see elected officials – people in positions of responsibility – who don’t just ignore or reject these things. In fact, it seems that they are indicating that it is okay. ” “I think it’s totally understandable that you feel frustrated, hurt, and upset.”
But he said it was the progress that had been made in the race in his life that was keeping him from “plunging into despair.”
Obama also said that he draws inspiration from the younger generation who is more open when it comes to attitudes not only about race, but also about gender and sexual orientation.
He said that this is the generation for which he wrote the book – to show that there are two competing visions of the world: one where “we are a group of tribes and we are inevitably at war and it is a zero-sum game” and another he says, “Despite all our differences, there is a common humanity and it is possible.” For us in a very multi-ethnic, multi-ethnic and diverse country and world, it is possible for us to see each other, understand each other, respect each other and work together. “
He said the choice is up to them.